Seattle Seahawks linebacker Mychal Kendricks has been suspended indefinitely by the NFL for his involvement in insider trader, multiple outlets reported Tuesday.
FILE PHOTO: Sep 23, 2018; Seattle, WA, USA; Dallas Cowboys tight end Geoff Swaim (87) is tackled by Seattle Seahawks linebacker Mychal Kendricks (56) after making a reception during the third quarter at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports
The NFL found that Kendricks’ actions violated the league’s personal conduct policy.
On Sept. 6, Kendricks pleaded guilty before a federal judge and faces up to 25 years in prison, with sentencing scheduled for Jan. 24.
The Seahawks signed Kendricks little more than a week later, and he has played in three games with the team. He has 15 tackles and two sacks.
—If Le’Veon Bell is planning to return to the Steelers during the Week 7 bye, it would be news to Pittsburgh coach Mike Tomlin.
“I have not talked to Le’Veon and I really have no Le’Veon update,” Tomlin said in response to reports Bell would be back in two weeks. “We’ll cross that bridge when we come to it. Nothing has changed from my perspective in that regard.”
A source told ESPN on Monday that Bell would return before Week 8 and likely during the team’s bye Week 7
—Devonta Freeman might be able to rejoin the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday for the first time since leaving the Week 1 loss at Philadelphia with a knee injury.
Freeman took part limited in practice last week but was ruled out by coach Dan Quinn for the 38-33 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals last weekend.
Freeman, Quinn said, is likely to pick up the pace on Wednesday. “Because of the work Devonta did in practice last week, we’re very hopeful,” Quinn said of the chances of Freeman playing Sunday at Pittsburgh.
—New York Giants general manager Dave Gettleman is traveling with the team this week for the first time since being diagnosed with lymphoma, according to football reporter Gary Myers.
The Giants visit the Carolina Panthers, Gettleman’s previous employer, on Sunday.
Gettleman completed chemotherapy in September. The 67-year-old was hired as general manager of the Giants following a housecleaning at the end of the 2017 season that removed GM Jerry Reese and head coach Ben McAdoo.
—The Miami Dolphins released defensive tackle Jordan Phillips, two days after the fourth-year pro went on a first-half tirade about his playing time Sunday during a loss to the New England Patriots.
Phillips, a second-round pick in 2015, acknowledged his departure on his Instagram account and expressed happiness over the development.
“No longer a Miami Dolphin. Good luck to my brothers on the team. I’ll miss ya’ll, but I couldn’t be happier to be out of there,” he wrote. “Free at last. Free at last….I’m in my bag. Don’t take it personal. Sometimes you got to put your future in your own hands and live with it.”
—Running back Ezekiel Elliott is banged up and could be limited in practice this week, but Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said the NFL’s leading rusher will play Sunday night against the Houston Texans.
Coach Jason Garrett said Elliott is playing through minor knee and ankle injuries.
Jones told 105.3 FM in Dallas that Elliott is “banged up, but not to the extent” he will miss time.
—Cleveland Browns wide receiver Antonio Callaway, looking to avoid discipline from the NFL, last week pleaded not guilty to two misdemeanor charges — marijuana possession and driving with a suspended license — according to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero.
Citing Callaway’s attorney, Kevin Spellacy, Pelissero reported the case will now go to Berea (Ohio) Municipal Court and probably won’t even get on the docket for weeks.
According to Spellacy, the suspended license was resolved through paperwork, and Callaway will fight the marijuana charge. Any conviction or plea deal could result in NFL discipline.
—New York Jets running back Isaiah Crowell is cashing in after he celebrated a touchdown against the Browns by simulating wiping his backside with a football.
Crowell is promoting a product called DUDE Wipes, and he and the company posted pictures to their social-media accounts showing the fifth-year pro and first-year Jet holding boxes of the product. The company makes a toilet-paper substitute for men.
The NFL previously fined Crowell $13,369 for Sept. 20 celebration, NFL Network reported.
—Field Level Media